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WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals hit three home runs off nemesis Dillon Gee and Dan Haren earned his first victory since May 9 in a 4-1 win over the New York Mets on Saturday.

Haren had to sweat out the victory when the game was delayed by rain for 62 minutes with one out in the last of the eighth.

After Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals were retired following the rain delay, closer Rafael Soriano came on in the ninth and retired the side after a leadoff single by Daniel Murphy.

Ike Davis took a high strike for strike three to end the game.

Gee (7-8) entered the game with a record of 6-1 in nine career starts against the Nationals. He has three wins this season against Washington, more than any pitcher against another team this year.

But with the wind blowing out, the Nationals blasted balls around the park and even had loud outs against the right-handed Gee.

Bryce Harper lined a two-run home run to left-center to give the Nationals a 4-0 lead in the third. Harper's 15th home run of the year scored Haren (5-11), who led off the inning with a double to center.

Ian Desmond had given the Nationals a 1-0 lead in the second with his 16th home run and Denard Span lofted the next pitch over the out-of-town scoreboard in right to make it 2-0.

It was the first home run of the season for Span, batting in the No. 7 hole after leading off much of the year, and in came in his 389th trip to the plate.

The Mets (46-55) finally got on the board in the sixth, when David Wright singled past boyhood friend Ryan Zimmerman at third to drive in Eric Young to make it 4-1.

Tyler Clippard of the Nationals pitched a scoreless eighth before the rain came.

As much as previous stats seemed to favor Gee, the same could be said of New York hitters facing Haren. The Nationals (51-54) had lost the previous 11 starts made by Haren, who entered the game with an ERA of 5.79.

And Haren has allowed 21 home runs, the most in the National League.

The Mets' frustration was illustrated by Juan Lagares, who threw his bat down in frustration after he struck out swinging to end the top of the seventh.

Haren allowed only one hit, single by Wright in the fourth, in the first five innings and left the game after allowing three hits and one run in seven innings.

Gee was 3-0 with an 0.96 ERA in his first starts this season against Washington but he gave four earned runs in seven innings Saturday.

NOTES: David Wright has 219 career home runs, one behind Mike Piazza for second in Mets history. Darryl Strawberry had 252. ... RHP Taylor Jordan (0-3, 3.68) of Washington will face Carlos Torres (1-1, 0.94) of the Mets in the series finale Sunday. ... Since coming off the disabled list in June, Washington RF Jayson Werth was hitting .325 with 11 home runs through Friday. In his last nine games he had five home runs. ... After hitting .354 in his first 26 games in the majors, Washington rookie second baseman Anthony Rendon hit .174 in his next 24 games through Friday. ... Daniel Murphy had six hits in the day-night doubleheader Friday and was hitting .373 in the previous 17 games. ... National Security Advisor Susan Rice threw out the first pitch, which was caught by rookie Taylor Jordan of the Nationals.
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